Summer is here! That means for some of you it is time for your annual check up. During the summer months we are able to schedule check ups on Saturdays and Sundays at our Ridgefield Office. Please give the office a call to set up your annual physical. We can’t wait to see you all this summer!

It is with great sadness that we need to announce the passing of R. Stanley Kirchmier, II, MD.
He was one of the founding physicians of the Practice along with Thomas Overton, MD, and E. James Wiley, Jr, MD.
He practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine for over 43 years before retiring and was an icon in the Richmond community.
He often said that he never worked a day in his life because he loved caring for children and their families.
He was known to whistle on his way into the office and on his way home.
He has touched the lives of thousands and will be greatly missed.
His obituary can be found here

Each year Richmond Magazine conducts a survey to “provide a look inside Richmond’s medical community.” The winners are doctors who are selected by their peers.

RVA Pediatrics’ very own Dr. Peter S. Heyman was voted one of Richmond’s top general pediatricians for 2018! Congratulations Dr. Heyman!

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In case you did not know, RVA Pediatrics has a patient portal that you can access for free!!

You will be able to access your child’s lab/test results, request prescription refills, schedule appointments, receive care reminders, and you just need ONE account for your whole family! You’ll also enjoy being able to access your child’s vaccine record whenever you need it. The best part is you can do all of this through the FollowMyHealth app on your iOS or Android powered device.

Call any of our locations and ask for a patient portal invite today!

There is a voluntary recall on several EpiPen injectors.  Below is a list of EpiPen Lot numbers that are associated with the voluntary recall.  Recall states EpiPen may have a defective part that may not activate EpiPen in case of emergency. For more information, please click here to visit the FDA’s website.

Product/Dosage NDC Number Lot Number Expiration Date

EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, 0.15 mg 49502-501-02 5GN767 April 2017

EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, 0.15 mg 49502-501-02 5GN773 April 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 5GM631 April 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 5GM640 May 2017

EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, 0.15 mg 49502-501-02 6GN215 September 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM082 September 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM072 September 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM081 September 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM088 October 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM199 October 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM091 October 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM198 October 2017

EpiPen Auto-Injector, 0.3 mg 49502-500-02 6GM087 October 2017

RVA Pediatrics now offers Lactation Services!

Breastfeeding offers premium nutrition to your baby but can be challenging at times. An experienced lactation consultant supports your feeding choices and can make a huge difference in your breastfeeding success.

An Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) represents the gold standard in breastfeeding support. IBCLC’s must have at least 1,000 hours of direct contact working with nursing moms and babies, complete a minimum of 90 hours of lactation specific education and pass a rigorous written exam before earning certification. They must also recertify every five years. This high standard promotes educated practitioners and expert breastfeeding care.

Tammy Rockwell RN, IBCLC is now on staff to work with breastfeeding families at RVA Pediatrics! A nurse since 1981, Tammy has a deep interest in helping new families and has specialized in lactation support for the last fifteen years. Lactation services are available by appointment Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 5:00 PM at the Patterson Avenue location.

Support services include:

Prenatal consultations– Meet before your delivery to help design a breastfeeding plan and address your specific concerns. New and experienced moms may find this helpful.

Lactation consultations– During this 1-2 hour visit Tammy gathers your medical and breastfeeding history, assesses the baby’s oral motor skills, and observes an entire breastfeeding session. Coaching and tips for a comfortable latch are offered and a written breastfeeding plan is given to help you continue your success at home. Your baby is weighed before and after feeding and plenty of time is allowed to answer all of your questions!! Please bring a hungry baby, your nursing pillow and breast pump. Support persons are welcome to join you for this visit.

Back-to- work and breastfeeding consultations– Work with Tammy to develop a personalized plan for successful integration of work and breastfeeding. Topics covered include; your breastfeeding rights under the Affordable Healthcare Act, tips for talking with your employer, how often to pump, how much to put in baby’s bottles, pumping and milk storage and lots more!! Bring your breast pump for a complimentary flange fitting.

Telephone support– Sometimes you just need a quick answer! General breastfeeding questions and advice (for example “How do I pump for storage?” or “ Help! My baby has teeth!”) can usually be answered by phone. For more challenging issues, we may recommend a personalized one-on-one consultation to give you and your baby the highest quality care.

Here’s the low-down on this year’s Flu vaccination:

Due to nearly complete inefficacy, we will NOT be offering the FluMist (nasal spray). We recommend even if you are offered the Mist, that you not get it since it did not protect people for the last 2-3 flu seasons.

For now, plan to delay Flu Vaccination until Mid-October since the flu season the past two years has been quite late (extending into March and April) and the vaccine only reliably works for roughly 4 months.

We will only be providing flu vaccine to our patients who are under 3 years of age. This is because most pharmacists don’t feel comfortable giving injections to kids at this age and we are unable to obtain enough shot at this late date to make up for all the doses of fluMist we usually give to the older children.

Please check with your pharmacy to see if a prescription is needed prior to getting the flu shot there.  If the pharmacy requires a prescription, please call our office and we will be happy to print one for you to pick up.

There has been a nationwide recall of Auvi-Q from Sanofi.  Per their website “Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi‑Q® (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi‑Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery.

If you have an Auvi-Q prescription from us, please call our office and we will prescribe an alternative.

Auvi-q recall

We are currently scheduling flu shot appointments, but only for children under 2 years of age. If you have a child under two years old, call our office and we can schedule a visit for your child to receive a flu shot. If your child is over the age of two, we recommend that you call your local pharmacy. Individual pharmacies and pharmacists have varying age restrictions for each flu vaccine preparation. As a result, please call your area pharmacy to verify whether they will vaccinate your child. Be aware that supplies of the FluMist are limited this year due to delays in production and shipment so many pharmacies are already out of the mist.

 

Our very own Dr. Heyman is helping in the fight to get RVA a free standing Children’s Hospital. WRIC recently ran a story highlighting the need for this in our area. Follow the link below to watch the story:

Click here to view news story